The Freedom JV girls basketball team avenged its only Northwestern 3A/4A Conference loss of the season Tuesday at home, getting off to a fast start in a 46-31 victory over Hickory.

The JV Lady Patriots (8-3, 4-1 NWC) scored 21 points in the first period, with 11 of those coming from Aliyah Corpening, and led by double digits throughout as they stayed in a first-place tie with McDowell. Corpening hit three 3-pointers and led Freedom with 20 points, and Amighty Walker added 10.


EB 39, Hibriten 20

The JV Lady Cavaliers (10-3, 6-1 Northwestern Foothills 2A Conf.) claimed a sixth straight win Tuesday in Lenoir, pulling a half-game ahead of idle Patton for first place in the process. Jordan Newton scored eight points to lead East Burke, while Alaze McDowell and Serenity Powell both added seven.



Freedom 65, Hickory 56

Avery Pollard’s three-point play midway through the fourth quarter gave the host JV Patriots (14-1, 7-1 NWC) the lead for good Tuesday, part of a 17-3 scoring run as Freedom rallied from down four in the final frame. Freedom, which stays in outright first place in the league one game clear of McDowell, was led offensively by Drew Costello (21 points), Brayden Vess (15, on five 3s) and Dyson Dellinger (13).


EB 54, Hibriten 50

The visiting JV Cavaliers (11-4, 9-0 NWFAC) stormed back from 10 points down after one period Tuesday to push their winning streak to 10 games and stay perfect in league play. Logan Coffey paced EB with 14 points, Ian Cox added 12 and Christian Primm and Jadon Cooke supplied eight apiece.


Draughn 63, Foard 57

The JV Wildcats (10-5, 7-2 NWFAC) won Tuesday in Newton, taking a 31-18 halftime advantage and holding on from there. Elijah Pritchard made 11 of 16 free throws and scored a season-high and team-high 25 points for Draughn, who also got 12 from Luke Rector.


Patton 42, W. Caldwell 36

The JV Panthers (4-14, 4-5 NWFAC) saw their 16-point lead erode to as few as four late but held on for the league road win in Gamewell on Tuesday. Lansing Butler scored a game-high 20 points on three made 3s. Braden Vance added 10 more in the win.


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